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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000759.txt from 1999/01

Subj: Re: [kl] Ridenour's ratings
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 23:42:34 -0500

>-----Original Message-----
>Date: Saturday, January 16, 1999 5:47 PM
>Subject: Re: [kl] Ridenour's ratings
>>Roger & Tom -
>>I am enjoying your interchanges on the relative merits of different
>>manufacturers. I've only been on the board about a month, but isn't this
>>second go-around on this subject in that time? Just curious - I'm not sure
>>I've been rereading previous posts or not.
>You all can correct me if I'm wrong, but I assume that Larry Combs, John
>Bruce Yeh, Ricardo Morales and most other Leblanc endorsers were playing
>Buffets when they auditioned for their current positions. If I could select
>my Opus or Concerto from an unlimited stock, pay nothing for them and have
>them replaced periodically, I could live with their defects as easily as
>Marty Marks
Actually Marty,
The truth is this:
Larry Combs picked his first Opus Bb from 4 clarinets and played it for
three years before he tried any others. Ricardo bought his first Opus
while in Florida and I think it was the one that the sales rep brought to
him first off.
Combs picked his first Opus "A" from one clarinet.....the one I handed him,
one of only two that were presently in the country at that time. That is
the same one he now plays.
The last time Ricardo came to the factory when I was there he picked an
instrument out of a rack of 10.
And the assumption that Combs and Morales play them only because they are
free and they can save a buck is an insult to their personal integrity and
what they think of their art; it is to assume that they would jeopardize
their job and diminish their art for a few bucks.
Your assumptions are erroneous.
Yeh plays Yamaha instruments.

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